We’re building six new subway stations – Downsview to suburban Vaughan

TUNNEL1Six new subway stations will extend the Spadina Line from Downsview to Vaughan.TUNNEL3

Unique in North America, HARVEY SHOPS can rebuild streetcars from scratch

The TTC’s Hillcrest maintenance shop, 1138 Bathurst Street, is where the streetcars and buses go for an overhaul and repairs. Opened in 1923, the property was once home to the Hillcrest Race Track. It’s now a major TORONTO Transit Commission maintenance centre.  <PHOTO – Vic on Flickr>

Highly skilled employees here have the expertise and equipment to rebuild streetcars from scratch, a project the Commission undertook a few years ago.

The Harvey Shops, unique in North America, are named after D. W. Harvey, the TTC’s general manager from 1924-1938.  They’re actually a series of small repair shops under one roof – each specializing in different skills – from sheet metal and upholstery, to motor, body repair and paint.  For anything and everything about TORONTO’s transportation system – subways, buses and streetcars – take a look at Steve Munro’s excellent website: http://www.stevemunro.ca

Toronto Transit’s CEO, ANDY BYFORD, talks common sense

ANDY BYFORD, a graduate of London’s Underground, and now CEO of the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) wants to prioritize the building of a Downtown Subway Relief Line (DRL).  From Pape to Union Station, with 5 stops along the way, it might look something like this:

Our subway system is overloaded, and ANDY BYFORD believes the time has come to stop talking and start doing.  “We’re just holding back the tide, we really do need to start thinking about relief for (the Yonge Line), to provide additional capacity to get people from the suburbs downtown,” he told CBC radio.  “The way to do that is to get people off the Bloor-Danforth line earlier, so that they don’t interchange onto the Yonge line.”And before suburbia starts kvetching about building another downtown subway at their expense, BYFORD adds: “At the end of the day, this isn’t a private shuttle for people living around Queen and King (in the core).  This is a line to get people from the suburbs, primarily, into the prime traffic objective — in other words, where people want to go — which is the commercial and financial centre of downtown Toronto.  Let’s get that debate going.  Obviously funding is an issue, but let’s at least start the talking.”

The best bargain in town: a TTC Day Pass. Use it to explore Big T.O.!

This is a gift: unlimited travel on all Toronto Transit Commission vehicles and the subway for a whole day.  The TTC Holiday Weekend Day Pass allows one day travel for a group of up to 6 people – for $12.50.  1 or 2 adults; 1 adult with not more than 5 children/youths; or 2 adults with not more than 4 children/youths (19 and under).  Available at all subway collector booths.